Puerto Rico Is A Mess Years In The Making [VIDEO]

Puerto Rico Is A Mess Years In The Making [VIDEO]

Just how big of a disaster is Puerto Rico?

Highway 10, a north-south arterial in Puerto Rico, is washed out after Hurricane Maria (photo: Getty Images)
It’s so bad that not even their National Guard can show up for duty.

But nine days after Hurricane Maria, a striking trend has emerged: Less than half of the 8,000 members of the Puerto Rico National Guard are on duty. Army Lt. Gen. Jeffrey Buchanan, the top U.S. officer overseeing military operations on the island, attributed this to a combination of factors. Many personnel are dealing with the devastation in their own lives, he said, and some are providing help in their full-time jobs as police, firefighters or other first responders rather than through the Guard.

The comparatively small number of Guard troops on duty in Puerto Rico appears to underscore a disconnect between pleas made on the ground by civilians on the ground since the storm, and the federal government’s relatively modest response at first. It also may have slowed awareness of how bad the destruction was, with fewer personnel responding early and cataloguing needs.

And no, President Trump is not helping the situation with his tweeting (which is the thorn in the side of every normal person serving in the current administration, I’m sure). But the left is not helping when they go all out on the hyperbole.

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